I took part in the backhoe rodeo held at the local CASE dealer this weekend. I am not in danger of having to plan a trip to Vegas and I don't have to worry about what I would do with a new Super M. The black 50th Anniversary backhoe is awesome looking. The pictures on the net don't do it justice. The events were as follows: Using a 4 stick CASE Super M move a balance beam with two softballs on it from one rack to another. I did well on that. First time ever running a 4 stick hoe. The next was using an SAE equipped hoe pickup varies sized balls off of stands and put them in a bucket. Similiar to the LinkBelt trackhoe game at ConExpo. The last was using ISO controls put several different shaped objects suspended on a chain into corrosponding cutouts. That was hard. Especially since I don't run ISO. I got a cool shirt and hat and free lunch and had a good time. A lot of guys there. I felt a little better since many run backhoes for a living and they did no better than I did. Still I was expecting to make a better showing than I did. If anyone has an opportunity to take part it is fun.